Identical Triplet Receive Shocking DNA Results
The Dahm triplets, Nicole, Erica, and Jaclyn, were born December 12, 1977 in a small Minnesota town. They are identical right down to their blonde hair and blue eyes.
In order to tell them apart when they were little their parents had small black ink dots tattooed on the girl’s bottoms. Jaclyn does not have a dot, Erica has two dots, while Nicole only has one.
The girls grew up in the small town of Jordan, Minnesota which only has a population of about five thousand people. The blonde, blue-eyed triplets definitely stood out when they attended public school together.
One drawback to being part of the triplet package is the lack of privacy. The girls did not develop jealousy and resentment though even after sharing everything from clothes to a room growing up. They only became closer even though they are often referred to as “you three” or the triplets instead of by individual names.
At age sixteen the triplets won The Great Model Search and appeared together on the cover of Teen Magazine. They thought their modeling career would end there and enrolled in nursing school together at the University of Minnesota. It was here that they noticed an ad to be in Playboy Magazine’s, Girls of the Big Ten Special Edition.
Their father was supportive of their Playboy photo shoot but no one could have realized how much it would further the triplet’s careers. They did strip for Playboy becoming only the second set of triplets in the United States to do so. In interviews they said they would not have done the shoot as individuals.
The girls were actually named Playmate of the Month in December 1998.
After the Playboy shoot the triplet’s lives took a new course. They dropped out of nursing school to pursue careers in entertainment.
The Dahm triplets can not believe how different their lives are now. Girls from a town of 2,000 who are recognized worldwide is unusual.
When asked if they caused a stir when they were out in public the triplets said if they did, they did not notice. They are actually shy and quiet on a day to day basis.
They appeared on the tv show Boy Meets World and their family appeared on an episode of Family Feud as well. They won ten thousand dollars on the game show.
The triplets have identical tattoos on the inside of their wrist symbolizing that they came from one egg that split three ways.
The triplets participated and won an episode of the reality show House Wars and ended up landing a role on the series, Renovate My Family. The host of the show was Dr. Phil’s son, Jay McGraw. He and Erica fell in love at first sight. They were married at Dr. Phil’s house with about four hundred guests in attendance in 2006.
The triplets have other endeavors in the works like a workout video for moms who want to get their bodies back in shape after having a baby. They also have their very own baby blanket line.
After Nicole had her second child she wanted a change. She decided to dive into the restaurant business by opening The Lucky Bastard Saloon in 2013 in San Diego. She runs the business and even designed the logo. Eventually, she would like to own a chain of these saloons with her sisters. There could even be a reality show about their running of the restaurants. She had to learn years of the restaurant business in about six months. She does the hiring, books the bands, and handles all the marketing, advertising, and hiring. She is busier than she’s ever been.
Of course her sisters were her bridesmaids and Jay proposed in Texas, down on one knee, with a five-carat diamond embellished with two emeralds.
Jay is the producer for the show The Doctors and the triplets have appeared on it many times. They answer questions about being triplets, women’s issues, health, and fertility.
The triplets each gave birth to baby girls at almost the same time in 2010. This led to the beginning of the DNA test with surprising results.
The idea was to have Lisa Guerrero from Inside Edition to a home DNA test kit on the triplets and share the results on the Dr. Phil show. They wanted to test the accuracy of the home testing kits.
With these home test kits you swab your cheek or spit in a test cup. Then you send the kit back to the company to be analyzed. You can get results about your geneaology and ancestry from sites like Ancestry.com or 23andme.com. The kits basically test your saliva and give you a DNA ancestry output. Guerrero was suspicious of how well these tests worked, but the triplets DNA was of course almost completely identical.
The triplet’s DNA was almost completely identical. Two of them even have such similar fingerprints they can unlock each other’s phone with their thumb prints. Environmental factors can affect DNA so they are not completely one hundred percent identical but there were definitely no huge surprises until they dug deeper into the results.
There were some discrepancies in the results in that one twin was a higher percentage Scandinavian than the other two. The difference was significant at about four percent higher. But with further digging it seems the test is not as advanced and can have some different results depending on what you pay for. The at home tests have a certain entertainment value and having their results revealed on The Doctors was certainly entertaining for the audience.